I think the most beautiful saree can only look its best with the right accessories to accompany. Asha Kamal Modi’s Art Karat jewelry collection contains some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve seen and has been featured in more than 10 Bollywood films including Devdas, Monsoon Wedding, and Kama Sutra. I’ve watched these movies countless times and every time ohhhed and awwwed at how stunning the costumes and jewelry were. It wasn’t actually until I did a little research into Asha Kamal Modi’s designs lately that I realized she was the master behind those ohhs and awws.
The Art Karat collection features traditional styles as well as more contemporary pieces, something to suit every taste, as long as your tastes are slightly on the expensive side. All pieces in the collection are made from silver, coated in 22k gold, with precious and semi-precious gems inlaid. You can learn more about the collection and its inspiration on her site www.artkarat.com.
Here is a little blurb about Asha and the Art Karat collection from her site:
“Asha Kamal Modi launched her line in 1988, a time when the concept of designer jewelry was unheard in India, in face of acute cynicism she has carved a niche for herself as one of the most recognized jewelry designers of India. She draws her inspirations from the basic elements of nature together with the rich Indian heritage, studying its changing moods and traditions. Each of her designs is different in style, mood and craftsmanship, made to perfection by some of India’s finest artisans.”
Madhuri Dixit in Devdas wearing jewelry by Asha Kamal Modi
Here are a few pieces from the Art Karat collection that I personally like. My tastes tend to lean towards simplistic with a touch of elegance. Nothing too large or gaudy.
A red quartz, kundan, and fresh-water pearl necklace – $580
Simple and elegant earrings with Faceted Pear Amethyst, Pear & Round Zircons, and finished in white gold – $150